BSB: Hawk Racing and Buildbase extend long-term partnership

The Hawk Racing-Buildbase partnership has been extended for three more seasons
The Hawk Racing-Buildbase partnership has been extended for three more seasons

The Hawk Racing team has extended its sponsorship deal with Buildbase ahead of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike season.

The two parties are entering their 13th year of association in 2021, making it the longest team title partnership within the series. The new deal will extend the partnership until the end of the 2023 season. 

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Buildbase, the UK’s leading suppliers of building materials, originally joined forces with the Hawk Racing squad in 2009. Since then, Hawk Racing has fought for British and National titles and have celebrated race wins in both. 

Highlights include finishing runner-up in the Superbike class with Ryuichi Kiyonari in 2014 whilst using BMW machinery. Michael Dunlop also won the Superstock, Supersport 2 and Senior TT with the team that year. 

The team switched to Suzuki in 2017, securing Superbike victories with Bradley Ray in 2018 and then Kyle Ryde in 2020. Hawk Racing has also won the National Superstock 1000 title on three occasions: twice with Richard Cooper (2011 and 2019) and once with Taylor Mackenzie in 2016.

“It is fantastic that we can announce the continuation of our long-term partnership with Buildbase, who have shown incredible support to our team and the Championship for over a decade,” team owner Steve Hicken said. “The news that we have extended our relationship until the end of the 2023 season shows stability and our combined commitment to fight for more Championships and race wins.”

The team will field Gino Rea and 2015 Moto3 world champion Danny Kent in the Superbike class this season, whilst Tim Neave will continue to challenge for the Superstock 1000 crown. 

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Hawk Racing,” Buildbase Managing Director, Paul Roch added. “Steve and the team continue to do a brilliant job in both championships, and we look forward to the 2021 season.”

Josh Close

By Josh Close

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